Brian Regan reinvigorates comedy with his new live stand-up special, "Live From Radio City Music Hall." He describes what it's like to work at IHOP, demonstrates the awkwardness of going to... See full summary »
The DVD features the complete Brian Regan Comedy Central special along with an encore performance not shown in the original Comedy Central broadcast and Brian's Comedy Central Presents half... See full summary »
I love Brian's standup and he's great at his bits in this but the format does not work. Brian doesn't need a contrived overenthusiastic 'live/studio' audience. He's an immense talent in search of a concept and a point of difference. Greatest hits standup throwing to TV screens with sketches doesn't seem to be it. The show 'Seinfeld' successfully interspersed standup with a sitcom based on the standup. This show has Seinfeld as a producer and it is trying to intersperse standup with sketches based on the standup.
I went to check this out thinking it was a new standup special. I was intrigued to discover it was a series, then disappointed at the execution. The audience interaction and Beth banter are further unnecessary and distracting contrivances.
The standup is fine. The sketches are mostly solid. I love lap griddle and the restaurant with tables too close. But the means by which the standup and sketches are brought together is clunky. I'm sad to not be able to recommend this and, given the mass of other comedy choices to watch, won't be returning to view any future efforts should there be any.
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